Commuting Stats & Hacks – 3 tips to improve getting to work

This November marks 60 years since the routemaster ‘London’s bus of the future’ was showcased at the Lord Mayor’s Show. But with commuting time, costs and anxiety increasing across the UK how do employees make commuting work for them now?

We’ve gathered some revealing stats and with a few Commute Smart Week tips from Work Wise, amongst others, we’re aiming to help you get to work on time, be more productive and feel better while doing it!

11 weeks a year spent travelling to work & back

Yes, that’s right. Recent studies have found that many commuters in the North West are commuting for nearly 2 hours a day, which equates to a whopping 11 weeks a year!

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Ultra long commutes up by three quarters in 10 years

Yet, apparently, really long journeys prove a better commuter experience.

With research by the TUC revealing that the number of commuters travelling for over 3 hours or more a day has risen by 75% over the past decade.

71% of the UK commutes by car

The car is still king of the commute. Most employees, both here and abroad, favour the car as their mode of transport.

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​Being late costs the economy £9 billion a year

Speaking of which, being late raises our stress levels and affects workplace performance, taking an average of 49 minutes for people to feel calm and in control after a late arrival.

23.4 mph – rush hour average speed

With traffic increasing by over 60% since 1980 congested roads are pushing average speeds ever lower.

According to the Department for Transport vehicles on local A roads average 23.4 mph in rush hour, while London commuters limp along at 15 mph!

Londoners add 5 days a year to get to work on time

With speeds like that no wonder so many Londoners use the extensive transport system!

Except delays getting in, out and around the city by rail and tube has seen many commuters add 30 minutes or more to their original journey times – equating to almost five full days a year.

Most accidents happen on Fridays at 4-6pm

Unsurprisingly by Friday we’re gagging to get home. But in our eagerness to start the weekend we’re obviously not keeping our eye on the road…

According to Work Wise “[r]oad users are more at risk of an accident on a Friday than any other day of the week.” Tweet: Road users are more at risk of an accident on a Friday than any other day of the week https://goo.gl/ioAw5Y #AngelView @Angel_HR_UK
​And, this statistic rises during the winter when the number of accidents jumps by up to a fifth.

Eeek!

A Better Commute?

Business success relies on dependable and productive employees. Being late, harassed or rushing home affects everyone and can even have dangerous consequences! So, how to make our commutes better?

You already know you can work or learn on the go, so we’re going to offer you 3 alternative ideas.

Stop doing the 9 – 5 grind & get flexible

Work Wise’s Commute Smart Week uses our commuting challenges as an opportunity to question not only how we get to work but how we work. Now that flexible working is enshrined in legislation they say it’s time we encourage employers to be more agile.

Whether that means, remote working, alternative working hours or a four day working week employers must have a sound business reason for rejecting any request (which must be made in writing and can only be submitted once a year). Find out more on the ACAS website.

Raise your 1.6 average car occupancy to 2.8

Carpooling the Americans call it – James Corden’s even made an internet sensation out of it – but here we tend to call it simply: car sharing.

With millions of empty seats on the road everyday it makes sense. What’s more it can reduce your costs, lower CO2 emissions, and hopefully improve your social life too! Try Liftshare or Blablacar for starters – and you don’t have to do karaoke, unless you want to.

Power nap for 20 – 30 minutes

Naps aren’t just for cats. But relaxing sounds and a cute cat does accompany the power napper on the Power Nap app.

So, if you’ve gotten up early to catch the train AND bagged a seat, why not follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy and Albert Einstein and take a nap?

According to the Power Nap app: “Power naps of less than 30 minutes restore wakefulness and promote performance and learning.” Woo!

Next Steps: Tell us about your commuting experiences. Sick and tired of your commute? Looking for a role nearer home? Want a more flexible employer? Let us know!

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